Valley of a thousand hills

Malcolm Forsyth
Composition Date: 1989
Revision Date: 1989
Duration: 00:19:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:

Malcolm Forsyth

Valley of a Thousand Hills, 1989

Commissioned by: The Edward Johnson Music Foundation and the Canada Council for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and conductor Simon Streatfield

“an infectious work...” D.T. Baker, Calgary Herald, October 25, 1997

Valley of a Thousand Hills is both a real and an imaginary landscape. It is ‘real’ in that it is the name of my birthplace in South Africa where Zulu clans live with their cattle herds; ‘imaginary’, in that the sight of this place in a child’s eyes looking east into the morning sun conjures magical and romantic visions which have lasted into adulthood.

“’Horizons’ begins and ends softly, as do the myriad hills in the morning mists. (...) ‘Mkambathini’ is the Zulu name for the mysterious flat-topped Table Mountain, visible on the horizon. (...) ‘Village Dance’ is an animated essay in asymmetrical meter (17/8), and cross-rhythms. Percussion plays an important role in the work, as it does in the tribal music of Africa.”

Premiere Information:
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Simon Streatfield, at the Guelph Spring Festival, May 26, 1989


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 F735va
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 10, 1990
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (75 p.) ;
    75 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 0202/2000/timp(perc)/strings.
    Commissioned by the Guelph Spring Festival through The Canada Council and the Edward Johnson Music Foundation.
    Duration: 19:00
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